Electric Vehicle Charging for Home or Business
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Just like a mobile phone, EV Chargers need to be charged in order to have enough power to continue to run and charge your vehicle. EV charging is the process of using EV charging equipment to deliver electricity to the car’s battery. An EV charging station taps into the electricity grid to charge an EV. If you want to know the technical term for EV charging stations it is electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This is something that is now thats a growing marketing in the United Kingdom due to people thinking more about their carbon footprint.
Electrical Vehicle drivers can now be charged at a home charging station, a public charging station, or at a workplace charging station this is something that we’re involved in fitting in all areas.
Residential EV charging refers to charging at home with a Level 2 charger (read more about EV charging levels down below).
Commercial electric car charging applies to EV fleet, multi-family units, and workplace charging stations. Commercial electric vehicle charging stations can be used by employees and customers. Many commercial EV charging stations are open to the public as well.
For more information on Commercial charging stations give us a call.
An EV charger pulls electric current from the grid or your home solar panels and delivers it to the electric vehicle through a connector or plug. An electric vehicle stores that electricity in a large battery pack to power its electric motor.
To recharge an EV, an EV charger’s connector is plugged into the electric car inlet (equivalent to a traditional car’s gas tank) via a charging cable.
EV batteries can only accept direct current (DC) power.
So in short theres two main types of EV chargers: Level 1 in house charging or level 2 which is known as rapid charging.
This charging point can be done through a wall plug, like in all UK homes and garages. Level 1 charging is extremely slow and is typically reserved for home charging overnight, this normally takes about 12 hours to fully charge an EV battery through Level one charging. This same level can also be found in public charging stations. Most homes don’t have an extra outlet of this kind in the garage or driveway and need a dedicated circuit installed by an electrician.
Top level chargers are, DC fast chargers or rapid chargers which use 480+ volts and are the fastest way to charge an electric car. The EV Charger converts the power to direct current (DC) by the EV battery. An EV battery can only accept DC power. On the other hand, a DC rapid charging station delivers DC directly to the electric vehicle and the electrical current does not need to be converted.
Not all EVs can charge through a DC fast charger. DC fast chargers are only used in commercial applications and cannot be installed in homes due to the following reasons – homes don’t have the electrical capacity for a DC rapid charger, EV drivers don’t need that quick of a charge for overnight home charging, and a DC fast charging installation is much more expensive than the other options due to the fact the electrical infrastructure improvements are necessary.
On the other hand, when it comes to commercial applications a DC fast charging station may be the ideal EV charging solution for a business. For example, DC rapid chargers are perfect for fleet charging and for highway public charging stations.
How long it takes to charge an electric vehicle depends on the type of EV charging point you are using.
Home EV charging points can charge an EV up to 15 times faster than a basic charging point. They can charge 13-75 miles per hour, also EV chargers are efficient and easy to use, they are the perfect solution for home charging.
Direct current EV chargers can charge 80% of an EV’s battery in 10 to 30 minutes. This is of course the fastest charging option available on the market today, DC fast chargers are not compatible with all EVs and are more likely to be used within Commercial or Industrial situations.